NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

61 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Lung Cancer – Non-Small Cell, 2018 Chemotherapy regimens Chemotherapy is often used to treat lung cancer. However, the chemotherapy received differs among people. Regimens recommended by NCCN experts for lung cancer are listed next. Chemoradiation (back-to-back) or chemotherapy Chemotherapy may be received before or after radiation therapy. Doctors call this sequential chemoradiation. Chemotherapy alone or back- to-back with radiation may improve the results of surgery. Cisplatin is most often used along with another drug. The other drug may be vinorelbine, etoposide, gemcitabine, docetaxel, or pemetrexed. If these regimens make you too sick, take carboplatin with either paclitaxel, gemcitabine, or pemetrexed. Chemoradiation (at the same time) Chemotherapy may be received at the same time as radiation therapy. Doctors call this concurrent chemoradiation. Cisplatin with either etoposide or vinblastine are options. Paclitaxel with carboplatin is another option. For non-squamous cell carcinoma, pemetrexed with either cisplatin or carboplatin may be used. Chemoradiation (at the same time) is also used to try to cure the cancer. Doctors call this definitive chemoradiation. For a cure, more cycles may be received. Four more cycles of pemetrexed may follow cisplatin and pemetrexed. Two more cycles of paclitaxel may follow paclitaxel and carboplatin. When you are diagnosed with cancer, the most important thing that you can arm yourself with is knowledge and education. – Anonymous Lung cancer survivor “ 6 Non-metastatic cancer Overview